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By Vladmir Nabokov. 315p. I read this for the Second Chances challenge as I have already read Lolita. The books are different, this one being far more postmodernist than the latter. Though, Nabokov's distinct style is present in both of these book. This work is very interesting, unique, and layered. I'm not going to say it was enjoyable at all times because I was confused at parts, amused at others, and bored intermittently. It has…

Appetizer What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride? I haven't been to either in years. I'm not big on them. I've never been on a roller coaster either. I use to like the merry go round as a kid. Soup How do you react in uncomfortable social situations? I usually try and excuse myself and run away to be alone or find a friend/ally. Salad On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how…

Do you get on a roll when you read, so that one book leads to the next, which leads to the next, and so on and so on? I don’t so much mean something like reading a series from beginning to end, but, say, a string of books that all take place in Paris. Or that have anthropologists as the main character. Or were written in the same year. Something like that… Something that strings…

Dewey is hosting her first challenge, and you know how addicted I am to challenges. I also really like the graphic novel genre so this should be fun. Six graphic novels between January to December 2008. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine Batman : the dark knight returns by Frank Miller David Boring by Daniel Clowes V for Vendetta by Alan Moore American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang Jimmy Corrigan : the smartest kid on earth…

Read four books about William Shakespeare, poetry/plays and books about him included. It runs between January 1, 2008 to June 30th, 2008. The Tempest Othello Sonnets Shakespeare: The World As Stage by Bill Bryson Alternates: any other plays I have not read. The sonnets will be the complete sonnets. I also just finished putting the Bill Bryson audiobook on my iTunes. It's 6 hours from 5 discs, and I look forward to hearing all of…

By L. M. Montgomery. I missed on reading this Canadian classic when I was kid. I really wish I had. I've been fairly busy these past weeks (a couple more weeks and I'm on free), so it took me much longer than usual to finish such a book. It was a bit slow at first, and I wasn't sure I had warmed to Anne, but I think she won me early on. I liked all…

I haven't posted a Worldess Wednesday in awhile because I am too busy to take some serious photos. I was going to wait until Wednesday to post this, but I decided just to do it now while I have now. Flickr has a very popular group called What's in my bag? which is essentially people sharing the contents of their bag. It's quite the portrait of people's lives and can be rather addictive to see…

A Create Your Own/Choose Your Own Jane Austen book by Emma Campbell Webster. I had a lot of fun in my first play/ "read" of this book. It really is like a game. You're Elizabeth Bennet and your goal is to marry prudently and for love. As a game, you have the option of keeping score, but that gets old pretty quickly, and I just went along with the various possible outcomes. The author creates…

how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist? - BTT Preservationist. I don't really like writing in books and leave them as they are. If I wanted to leave notes about them, I'd blog it or write in one of my notebooks or journals. I also can't stand when people leave notes in library books. I once read a Bill Bryson book where someone had written…

Nick Hornby is probably one of my favourite authors. I like his novels; they can make me laugh and smile. They make me appreciate life, quirky observations, and also, what it's probably like being a guy. I love his essays; he writes like a friend I would hang out with often. He's probably funny as well. Slam is his first Young Adult novel. I've read almost all of Hornby's works, and I think the only…

Reading Meme found via Dewey's. 1. Do you remember learning to read? How old were you? English is not my first language, and I had learned to read in that first language when I was really young, about four or five. I'm illiterate in that language now, but have plans to pick up again. As for English, I learned the alphabet when I was around five. I remember reading small kids books or being read…

Anthropologie Inspired Capelet (Cropped Cardigan), started October 21, 2007, finished November 2, 2007 Pattern: Antropologie Inspired Capelet from Peony Knits Yarn: Naturally Yarns Naturelle 14ply (131 yds 100g 100% Pure New Zealand Wool) Shade 551 - less than 3 skeins Needles: 7mm 100cm circs Modifications: Lengthened body and sleeves, magic looped the sleeves Lessons Learned: Well, this is my first sorta real garment, so I was able to see the raglan increases happening Cost of…